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Clarification To Media Release Of March 20

March 21, 2002

Auckland City Council: Please note that a media release sent yesterday headlined: “Pensioners OK for government subsidy” contained an inaccuracy.

In the last paragraph it was stated that: “There will be an opportunity for people to make submissions on the rent increases when the council’s planning document Focus on the Future is released on April 19.”

In fact, the council approved the officers’ report today recommending “that rental increases should be approved in March” (of each year) by the council so that changes can be implemented on July 1 and so that council staff (with WINZ officers) can work closely with all tenants to help them with applying for government subsidies. The timing of the rent increase is consistent with the council’s current process for annual rent increases.

Appropriate notice will be given to tenants under the normal time provisions contained in the Residential Tenancies Act.

Therefore there will not be opportunity to make submissions. However, submissions will be able to be made on the proposed sale of pensioner houses.


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